Musical Score By: Robin Foster
Distributed by: Lakeshore Records
Reviewed by Melissa Minners
The dramatic film, Anthropoid, is based on the true story of “Operation Anthropoid,” the code name for a Czechoslovakian mission to assassinate SS Officer Reinhard Heydrich. Leader of the Nazi forces in Chechoslovakia, Heydrich was the Reich’s third in command behind Hitler and Himmler and the main architect behind the Final Solution. Anthropoid follows two soldiers from the Czech army-in-exile, Josef Gabčík (Cillian Murphy) and Jan Kubiš (Jamie Dornan). With limited intelligence and little equipment, the two are parachuted into their homeland in December 1941 with orders to find a way to assassinate Heydrich and turn the tide of the war.
The musical score of Anthropoid was created by British songwriter, multi-instrumentalist and composer Robin Foster. Often referencing music from television and film scores for his original works, Foster has provided music from his albums for such popular television shows as One Tree Hill, Criminal Minds and more. He has created music for advertisements for such lucrative brands as Hugo Boss, Cartier, Barclays, Kenneth Cole and more. Forays into film score composing have produced musical scores for Metro Manila and Good Luck Algeria.
For a movie in which military personnel are tasked with an underground mission to wipe out an enemy, on would expect a score featuring military undertones like snares, horns, perhaps some cadence of some sort. Anthropoid does not possess such a sound. Instead, the score of Anthropoid is dark, featuring drawn out string strokes and rumbling dark and ominous sound. This speaks to the danger at hand and the dark task ahead. Piano key strikes express the emotional drama felt by Josef and Jan as they risk everything to complete their mission.
Though I don’t doubt that the musical score created by Robin Foster enhances the drama, anguish of the main characters and the adrenaline rush associated with the subterfuge, etc. that went into completing their task, I wasn’t too impressed with the score of Anthropoid. I did enjoy the two songs on the album that spoke to the era in which the movie takes place and was surprised to discover that credit for these songs seemed to be missing. Were they written by Robin Foster? Judging by the familiarity of Flasinetar, I think not. Either way, these songs comprised the most enjoyable music on the Anthropoid Soundtrack.
Some musical scores are simply meant to be an accompaniment to enhance the storyline of the film and I believe that the score Robin Foster created for Anthropoid completed this task. However, I would not purchase this soundtrack as it just wasn’t exciting or different enough to really grab my attention.